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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Best Defense

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Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, How We Got Here

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Special Ops, Shadow Wars, and the Golden Age of the Gray Zone

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, It Can Happen Here (In Fact, It Did!)

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Tomgram: William Astore, All the President's Generals

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Washington's America-First Commandos in Africa

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When Donald Trump enters the Oval Office, awaiting him will not only be his own private air assassination corps (those CIA drones that take out terror suspects globally from a White House “kill list”), but his own private and remarkably secret military.  Ever since John F. Kennedy first made the Green Berets into figures of military glamour, there’s always been something alluring to presidents about the U.S. military’s elite special ops forces.

Tomgram: Tim Shorrock, American Military Power in Asia and the Trump Factor

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Yet Another Undeclared U.S. War

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Tomgram: Nomi Prins, The March of the Billionaires

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Tomgram: John Feffer, The Deconstruction of America, 2016-2050

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Tomgram: Pratap Chatterjee, Obama's Last Chance

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Imagine this scenario: you’ve occupied an office for eight years and now you’re about to move out. You know who's going to move in and, by reputation, he’s a fellow with a minimal ability to control himself who might conceivably be a danger to others. So here’s one thing you undoubtedly wouldn’t do: leave a loaded revolver in the top desk drawer and a stash of extra ammunition in the closet.

However -- if you’ll excuse the analogy -- that seems to be exactly what President Obama and his national security team are doing when it comes to Donald Trump.

Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Most Dangerous Country on Earth

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Was 11/8 a New 9/11?
The Election That Changed Everything and Could Prove History’s Deal-Breaker
By Tom Engelhardt

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, The Swamp of War

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, Life's No Picnic in Trump's Secret (Service) Garden

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Tomgram: William Hartung, Trump for the Defense

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, No "New Normal"

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Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, You Don't Leave Home Without It

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, America, the Election, and the Dismal Tide

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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Through the Gates of Hell

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Empire of Chaos 
With President Trump, Is the American Experiment Over? 
By Tom Engelhardt

The one thing you could say about empires is that, at or near their height, they have always represented a principle of order as well as domination.  So here’s the confounding thing about the American version of empire in the years when this country was often referred to as “the sole superpower,” when it was putting more money into its military than the next 10 nations combined: it’s been an empire of chaos.

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Whose Finger on the Nuclear Button?

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[Note for TomDispatch Readers: There will be no TD post this Tuesday. The next one will appear sometime between Thursday morning and Sunday night.  Now, go vote. Tom]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Resurrecting My Parents From the Dead for Election 2016

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Creating a National Security State “Democracy”
Or How the American Political System Changed and No One Noticed
By Tom Engelhardt

To say that this is the election from hell is to insult hell.

There’s been nothing like this since Washington forded the Rubicon or Trump crossed the Delaware or delivered the Gettysburg Address (you know, the one that began “Four score and eleven women ago...”) -- or pick your own seminal moment in American history.

Tomgram: Ann Jones, Donald Trump's Open Carry

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Recently, the New York Times produced a veritable thesaurus of Trumpian twittery -- every insulting tweet of The Donald’s that their researchers could find since he declared his candidacy.  It’s quite a collection in which he goes after 282 people, places, and things in his uniquely abusive fashion. (Don’t even get me started on his tweets about Hillary Clinton; you’d be reading until tomorrow.) Here, instead, is a relatively limited list of his, a tiny entry of classic nastiness aimed at a peripheral character in this year’s election campaign, Senator Elizabeth Warren:

Tomgram: Nate Terani, One Veteran's War on Islamophobia

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Recently, I was asked a question about Kill Anything That Moves, my history of civilian suffering during the Vietnam War. An interviewer wanted to know how I responded to veterans who took offense at the (supposed) implication that every American who served in Vietnam committed atrocities.

I think I softly snorted and slowly shook my head.  

Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Too Big to Fail, Hillary-Style

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Tomgram: William Hartung, The Doctrine of Armed Exceptionalism

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Tomgram: Gary Younge, America's Deserving and Undeserving Dead Children

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Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Perpetual Killing Field

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Tomgram: Sandy Tolan, The Death of the Two-State Solution

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Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Finding Hope in Dismal Times

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Tomgram: John Feffer, Slouching Toward the Apocalypse

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